There’s been a lot of smoke around the New York Jets possibly making some big moves this season.
Some of that talk was for superstar deals, and the rest of it revolved around moving up or down in the 2022 NFL draft.
Well, the latest commentary has spurred discussion of another big deal that could be coming to fruition.
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A bold statement
Dallas Cowboys owner and big dog Jerry Jones recently said to the media and is quite transparent with the intent to communicate in the April draft:
“I will make trade-offs in this draft. Just go in as much as you can talk about it until you see what’s there or who’s on the other end of the line but yeah, I’d trade it off because we’re as low as we are at two, three the first inning if we get the chance and someone we really crave is sitting at the bottom and we can trade there and get them. “
It’s a funny quote when Jones says, “I’d trade it.” Thankfully, he’s the owner, president, and general manager so if he wants to trade-off, it’s literally in his job description to be able to do so.
If Dallas finishes with it, it will be the first time in a while they advance in round one.
According to Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr, the last time the Cowboys got ahead in the first round was in 2012.
Dallas went from a 14th overall pick to a 6th overall pick in a deal with St. Louis Rams later. In that trade, they landed LSU in defense for Morris Claiborne, who would later spend two seasons with the Jets.
Though if the Cowboys want a trade-off this time around, they’ll have to start further back at 24th pick overall.
What a transaction might look like
With Dallas looking to make a sensational deal, there have been whispers that a likely trading partner could be the Jets in the first round.
Pick 4 is out of the question, but pick 10 is generally “quite probable” according to The Athletic’s Connor Hughes.
The 10 overall pick is worth 1,300 points according to the NFL’s draft value chart. While Dallas’ pick (number 24) is worth 740 points.
So Team America will have to find a way to generate at least 560 points for the deal to make sense. The price tag can be even higher than that because every trading team usually has to pay extra tax.
All in all, the Cowboys have nine picks in this 2022 NFL draft: one pick in each of the first four rounds, four more picks in the fifth round, and finally one pick in the sixth round.
For that type of exchange, a deal from Dallas would have to include a 24th pick (first return), 56th pick (second return), and a 2023 first-round draft pick.
Here’s what the Jets’ draft would look like in 2022 if they fire up that deal:
- 4th place overall (first round)
- No. 24 final (first round)
- 35th place overall (second round)
- 38th overall (second round)
- No. 56 final (second round)
- Total 69 (third round)
- 111th overall (round 4)
- 117th place overall (fourth round)
- 146th overall (fifth inning)
- Total 163 (fifth inning)
The jet team will have multiple picks in each of the first five rounds, excluding the third round. Plus many firsts in the class of 2023. This will be the perfect mix of current and future competition with this trade.
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